Lateral may refer to:

  • Lateral (anatomy), an anatomical direction
  • Lateral canal, a canal built beside another stream
  • Lateral consonant, an ℓ-like consonant in which air flows along the sides of the tongue
  • Lateral hiring, recruiting that targets employees of another organization
  • Lateral mark, a sea mark used in maritime pilotage to indicate the edge of a channel
  • Lateral pass, a type of pass in American and Canadian football
  • Lateral release, a surgical procedure on the side of a kneecap
  • Lateral release (phonetics), the release of a plosive consonant into a lateral consonant
  • Lateral stability of aircraft during flight
  • Lateral support, a type of physical support to help prevent sideways movement
  • Lateral thinking, the solution of problems through an indirect and creative approach